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Old 08-25-2014, 12:28 PM   #1
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Installing home built storage on 31F Four Winds

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My wife and I are enjoying our 2013 Thor Four Winds 31F, which has an open area under the main slide out that presently contains only the grey water drain for the kitchen sink tank. This is a large open area with a almost 3 foot door. I'll post pictures of the before and after showing how I've used the area to store levelers and other items that don't need protection from the elements.
John
Athens, GA
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Old 08-25-2014, 01:51 PM   #2
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I always like to see what people do to improve their rigs. I have done a few things myself, but not in that area (yet). Be interesting to see your before/after photos.
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Old 08-25-2014, 11:19 PM   #3
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Some photos of what I did are added below, but first, the verbal description.
Problem: Our 2013 Thor Four Winds 31F had a fairly large area on the left side kitchen slide out that only held the drain for the kitchen sink. When I first looked at it I thought that maybe something was missing or hadn't been ordered or included bc the area was so large! Photo 1 shows the length of the area.

So I kept thinking about how to use this wasted space and finally decided that I would put in three steel frame members that could support the weight of a grill or the horse stall mat levelers that we made. (Horse stall levelers are heavy rubber mats that are virtually indestructible.)

So I bought three 6 foot lengths of angle iron from Lowes and made three steel frames that I bolted to the cross members of he RV. (see remaining photos).

In order to do this project you've got to have some tools and a welder and some muscle to run a drill while on your back under the RV.

But all in all it was a fun project that I hope will give us the storage space we needed for our levelers.

John
Athens, GA
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Old 09-18-2014, 11:16 AM   #4
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My new metal brackets got their first use recently when we went to a local SP for several days. The horse stall pad levelers fit into the rack pretty well and didn't fly out or shift due to their texture and weight. However, as an added measure of safety, I'm going to put a half inch exterior plywood floor into the area and probably undercoat it once in place.

I'll provide photos soon.

John
Athens, GA
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Old 09-22-2014, 12:42 AM   #5
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Here are some pictures of the plywood floor that I made for the steel brackets and then a photo of the area loaded up with all of our levelers and the Blue Ox tow bar. I'm adding extra pictures so you can see the detail.
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Athens, GA
p.s. The pictures are obviously out of order, but the point is that we've gained a place to store our tow bar and heavy levelers and that this weight is across from the on-board water storage and between the front and rear wheels.
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Old 09-22-2014, 07:36 AM   #6
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Very nice.
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Old 09-22-2014, 03:01 PM   #7
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nicely done!
I wish that I was a welder. I don't have any of those empty storage bays like that on my coach, but I'd like to build a structure like that between my rear tires and holding tanks and drain pipes.....

Curious that they would put such a big door like that with no box behind it. I wonder if the factory forgot someting.... Anyway, nice solution!
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Old 09-22-2014, 06:54 PM   #8
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I have a long door like that for my 28Z, but unfortunately the grey water tank is in the way of any possible storage. Kind of strange... opening the long door and the dump valve is on the front side, and the grey water tank is on the rear half.

There is really no practical use I can think of for the door being so long.

Probably someone dropped a cup of coffee on the drawing at the factory and smeared the image and this is the result?
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Old 09-23-2014, 01:44 AM   #9
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Thanks for the compliments. My son helped me with the welding--said I needed to do more than tack welds; had me make a puddle of molten steel all the way up the seam. He was okay with simple tack welds on the back side where I placed the cut out angle iron triangles.

The exterior grade half inch plywood got two coats of spar varnish and then I undercoated the bottom side and the angle iron brackets, of course.

Time will tell how this weathers our intended multiyear retirement road trip!

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Athens, GA
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